The Abbott government is resisting a push by its closest allies to establish a United Nations investigation into war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka, where Australia has returned more than 1100 failed asylum seekers in the past 18 months.
Air Force crews rushing to the Indian Ocean to locate suspected debris from the Malaysia Airlines plane face huge challenges in retrieving even a 24-metre-long object, search-and-rescue pilots warn.
Former prime minister John Howard will not reveal if he advised his former chief of staff Arthur Sinodinos to stand down.
An email sent by the Catholic Church's solicitor to its barristers suggested sex abuse victim John Ellis, as a boy of 14 or 15, used to "force himself" on the ageing priest who was sexually abusing him.
Corruption inquiry into Australian Water Holdings hears explosive claims its chairman, Arthur Sinodinos, was warned it was racking up massive debts, including tens of thousands of dollars in donations to the Liberal Party.
Relatives of passengers on MH370 in Beijing have reacted with disbelief that the search may be at an end, insisting their loved ones could still be alive. And Malaysia's leaders have reacted cautiously to the Australian sighting of objects far in the southern Indian Ocean after days of false leads.
Sightings of debris that could be flight MH370 off the coast of Western Australia has made headlines across the world.
The families of two missing Australian couples huddled around television screens on Thursday afternoon, fearing authorities would confirm that the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been found. News that satellite images had detected possible debris from the plane all but dashed their hopes their loved ones would be found alive.
The families of two missing Queensland couples huddled around television screens on Thursday afternoon fearing authorities would confirm the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had been found.
A Queensland man accused of hacking a US-based computer gaming network has been charged after a joint investigation between local police and the FBI.